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Teens are invited to learn from an expert during a two-part photography workshop with professional Glenwood Springs Post Independent photographer Kelley Cox. Workshops will be held at all six libraries for two non-consecutive weeks, beginning Monday, June 9; with the next week of workshops scheduled for June 23-27. Mondays, New Castle teens will have their workshops at 2 p.m.; and teens from Silt will meet at 4 p.m.Wednesdays, workshops will be offered for teens from Carbondale at 2 p.m.; and Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m. Fridays, workshops for teens from Rifle will be offered at 2 p.m.; and Parachute teens may participate at 4 p.m.The focus of the workshops is art and the different facets of photography. Participants will be given disposable cameras and will learn a fancy camera is not needed to create good photographs.For more information, call the Gordon Cooper Branch (Carbondale) at 963-2889, the Glenwood Springs Branch at 945-5958, New Castle at 984-2346, Silt Branch at 876-5500, the Rifle Branch at 625-3471 or the Parachute Branch at 285-9870.

Due to the guest speakers need to cancel, the ARF pet nutrition fundraiser, which was to be held June 21 is canceled.

A free historical skit, Excess Baggage, will be performed at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the Parachute Branch Public Library. Author Charlotte M. Endorf documented real-life stories of the children who rode the 1854-1929 Orphan Trains, and brings to light powerful recollections of orphaned children in a 75-year period in which they were uprooted from the city and sent by train to farming communities to start new lives.

The Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club has begun selling tickets for the sixth annual Kiwanis Ball Race at City Market (Glenwood Springs, Rifle and New Castle), Wal-Mart (Rifle), Lowes and Safeway. Tickets will also be available during the Strawberry Days Festival.All proceeds to benefit local community projects. Visit for more information.

Presentation of findings from the two-year risk study of the Community Health Risk analysis of Oil and Gas Industry Impacts in Garfield County, part of the Garfield County Smart Citizen Series, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, at the West Garfield CMC campus in Rifle.Oil and gas development activity within Garfield County has generated a great deal of public concern with regard to impacts on both the environment and public health. Dr. Teresa Coons of St. Marys Saccomanno Research Institute in Grand Junction and Dr. Russell Walker, Environmental Sciences and Technology professor at Mesa State College, will be presenting the findings of their two-year study. In addition, presenters from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be presenting information from the recent Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry Health Consultation. The health risk analysis, funded through a fine levied on EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. began in the fall of 2005, with the intent of addressing public environmental health issues in Garfield County. The Smart Citizen Series are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Carrie Godes, health educator for Garfield County at 625-5200.

The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork has space available in two summer camp programs, Woods, Wetlands, and Wildlife camp is geared toward fourth- and fifth-graders, and will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 11-15. Children will enjoy games, hiking, swimming and exploring various habitats and ecosystems in the Roaring Fork Valley. Fairies, Flowers, and Fun camp is geared toward second- and third-graders, and will be held Aug. 4-8. Young children will explore magical landscapes and learn fun crafts and games. For more information, call Julianna Lichatz at 963-1960.

Private and semi-private tutoring/brain gym sessions are available throughout the summer. Call 945-5234 for more information.

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